What do I believe?
A forever student of the practice, I believe the study of yoga
is the study of how we show up on our mats and mirrors how
we are out in the world. Learning life skills requires discipline,
faith, trust and surrender. Classes with me are definitely challenging!
If it were easy, what would we learn? We are so much stronger than we know and it's at the edge where we have opportunities to meet our true selves.
What's the background story? A costume designer for 25 years in the film biz NYC...yoga was started as a workout and gradually opened into a much deeper practice integrating mind, body, soul. I continue to be amazed how the practice shows me the way to the truth, the self with a big S not hindered by our wheel of habitual thoughts.
Studio owner NP ROCK YOGA New York 2012-2016.
Director and head teacher studio and teacher trainings featuring hot, vinyasa, yin, restorative classes.
My mentors? The most challenging teachers I can find to teach me the art of being limitless. Kenny, Dana, Sheri, Francesca, Victor & MD at Laughing lotus NYC inspire me with their creativity & their playful approach to the practice. Nevine Machan at Katonah for her brilliant Taoist, geometrical teachings and pranayama.....And last but not least, for the last 2 1/2 years, I have been immersed in the teacher's practice 2 hours a week with Nikki Costello/Ivengar style. Genny Kapuler for her knowledge and grace.
Trainings thus far:
Absolute Yoga 200hour Hot training
Yoga to the People 200 hour Vinyasa
50 hour advanced Fly training Laughing Lotus
50 hour Enrichment Practice Nikki Costello
50 Hours Advanced Yin Biff Mithoefer
100 Hours Gulnaz Dashit, Pune, India
Continuing Ed with Bryan Kest, Baron Baptiste, Nikki Costello Ivengar practice.
My favorite quote? There are so many! So, I have to say at least two:
"Ayun aprendo" (i am still learning) -Goya
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" -Mary Oliver
I am not much of a writer but I would give anything a shot if I could get across the impact that Julie has had on my life and she doesn't even know it. I have always had some form of yoga in my life but nothing compares to the level of mind and body teachings I have had with Julie at her studio.....the intensity of her words and movement are captivating and you just want to keep coming back because what she instills in you is that your life on the mat and off the mat go hand in hand and it truly humbles you. I will always be grateful that I have had the honor to know yoga this way and it is because of Julie. I have learned to use my yoga breath and be more mindful of my thoughts....now my job is to pass this on to my kids and get them to come to class with me! much love and thanks to Julie- Leslie H.